Superb Men's Timepieces
By Roberta Naas
From MB&F, this Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder ($74,000) offers a truly unusual timekeeping structure. The twin cones respectively indicate the hour and the minutes, with the hour cylinder featuring a day/night indicator on its top. The flat surface offers an oversize date wheel, with the date noted by an engraved triangle on the perimeter. The movement is skeletonized to view the rotor, oscillating balance wheel and finely finished gears and parts. A sapphire caseback allows viewing of the 304-part movement’s two large high-tech ceramic bearings. Westime, 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-0000; mbandf.com
This Franc Vila FVa No. Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept watch ($285,000) houses a 262-part movement built of Lightnium—an aluminium-lithiumbased alloy used in aeronautical engineering. It’s ultralight and ultrastrong, ensuring it’s less affected by inertial forces. The watch houses a flying tourbillon escapement and column-wheel monopusher chronograph and offers five days of power reserve. Traditional Jewelers, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, No. 19, Malibu, 310-317-9100; francvila.com
Named best design of the year at Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva, this Harry Winston Opus 9 (price on request) automatic self-winding watch uses a chain system to display the hours and minutes in linear display. Crafted in 18k white gold, the watch features a baguette diamond chain on the left side indicating the hours and a garnet chain on the right side indicating the minutes, replacing the traditional watch hands and dial. The watch is set with 66 baguette diamonds—weighing 2.148 carats—and six garnets. Only 100 pieces will be made. The watch is the result of a partnership between Harry Winston, independent watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and designer Eric Giroud. 310 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-8554; harrywinston.com
A world premiere, the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck watch ($88,000) is the first timepiece to display the gravitational influences of the moon, sun and centrifugal force on the earth’s tides and to depict the tides anywhere in the world. It’s also the first watch to show sun and moon positions in relation to the earth and display the moon phases simultaneously. This astronomical wristwatch also offers GMT indication and calendar date. The patented technological masterpiece is the result of years of research and development by Ulysse Nardin and world-renowned scientist and watchmaker Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. David Orgell, 320 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-6660; ulysse-nardin.com
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.